David Loar, a 51-year-old actor from Staunton, VA, finished his 1,000 mile “Ride for Humanity” today in front of the Musicians’ Village in the Upper Ninth Ward. Starting in North Carolina, the journey took three weeks to complete and raised at least $11,500 in contributions.
Inspired by the peaceful protests of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as his family’s previous work with Habitat for Humanity, Loar decided a bike ride would be an appropriate way to show his support and raise awareness for the ongoing efforts in New Orleans, a project he had been considering for a long time after a brief stint helping in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. In addition to the ride, he will also be aiding in the construction of the Musicians’ Village during his stay here.
Due to the generous assistance of David Smail, Loar’s support driver, all of the money raised by the ride will go directly to New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. Smail provided for all of Loar’s expenses on the trip so that Loar’s efforts would not be spent on food and sleeping accommodations before he got here.